This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest from a committed community can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness.
When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, mums, dads, activists, scientists – organised themselves to rally against the unconventional gas invasion.
Despite the enormous public opposition, the gas industry and the State Government were determined to see their gas plan through.
A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before the final battle lines were drawn in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley.
Thousands of people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police, ordered in to break up the protest. What happened next set an historic precedent.
Filmed over five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free.
Sunday, April 30, 6pm at the Lunch Pavilion in Bellingen Showground.
This film is about social change. Light refreshments served, please dress warmly and bring a blanket.
“After following the build up to the Bentley Blockade from its early beginnings in 2011, I have the privilege of telling an incredible story of courage and heroism.
“The Northern Rivers region of NSW has been a leading light in the battle against invasive mining and after the historic showdown at Bentley we now have a well documented victory for the power of community and a major turning point in the battle for a safe clean future.
“With so much hanging delicately in the balance it is ultimately unity, altruism and our connection to all we hold dear that we see emerging as the key ingredients to this timely story of hope and inspiration.
“This is a story that simply must be told.”